The position provides leadership in the development, implementation, monitoring, and coordination of the school system's early childhood programs, preschool through Grade 3. The position assists in the development of the early childhood vision, facilitates the learning needs of all students, fosters collaboration, and promotes the early childhood philosophy consistent with the school division and early childhood community.
This job reports to the Chief Academic Officer.
- Education: Master's Degree Early Childhood Education or Child Development.
- Certificates & Licenses: Valid Virginia Department of Education license required, or eligibility to obtain one, with an endorsement in Administration and Supervision PK-12.
- Experience: Five years teaching in early childhood programs required. Two years of administrative experience preferred.
- Demonstrated competencies in understanding the principles and practices of curriculum development.
- Demonstrated understanding of theories of learning as they apply to the improvement of teaching.
- Demonstrated leadership qualities and personal characteristics necessary in working effectively with teachers, administrators, the School Board, outside agencies, and the public.
- Manages the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) program for the City of Alexandria, inclusive of ACPS and community-based classes, and responsible for all state enrollment and monitoring reports.
- Oversees the recruitment, eligibility screening, registration, and placement process for the ACPS VPI program.
- Develops and maintains policies, procedures, and management practices for the implementation of all early childhood programs and interprets necessary laws and regulations to ensure compliance.
- Manages a team responsible for providing professional development, observations, ratings, coaching, and mentoring to family childcare homes, child development centers, and private preschool programs in the City of Alexandria for the Virginia Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS).
- Develops the early childhood strategic plan with specific performance measures aligned to the Curriculum and Instruction department plan and the ACPS strategic plan.
- Collaborates with school principals to recruit, hire, and retain early childhood teaching staff.
- Designs and works collaboratively with staff to provide professional growth opportunities for teachers and administrators and monitors implementation of effective instructional strategies and appropriate learning environments.
- Develops and provides training for early childhood staff, administrators, parents, and community partners.
- Interprets the early childhood policies and regulations to convey information to the School Board, administration, staff, and the general public.
- Keeps abreast of developments in curriculum and instruction as it pertains to early childhood programs to provide leadership in determining their appropriateness for inclusion in the Division's plan.
- Develops annual budgets for each program and manages the expenditure of funds.
- Performs research on foundations and corporations to seek grant money for the early childhood program efforts.
- Serves as a resource to teachers, staff, and administrators to ensure their understanding of Board of Education policies and regulations related to all aspects of curriculum, assessment, and instruction.
- Collects, analyzes, and assesses data regarding pre-K and Kindergarten readiness.
- Collaborates with the Department of Community and Human Services Early Childhood Division Chief to ensure high quality learning opportunities throughout the City of Alexandria.
- Attends meetings of the City Council School Board Subcommittee, prepares reports, and responds to questions.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
$94,032.00 – $137,181.60 / Administrator LAS-F